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Entry from May 10, 2014
NATOstan (NATO + -stan)

"NATOstan” (North Atlantic Treaty Organization/NATO + -stan, such as Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) means a territory controlled by NATO. The term “NATOstan” was coined by the investigative journalist Pepe Escobar in the opinion article “Welcome to NATOstan” in the Asia Times on November 20, 2010.


Wikipedia: NATO
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO; /ˈneɪtoʊ/; French: Organisation du traité de l’Atlantique Nord (OTAN)), also called the (North) Atlantic Alliance, is an intergovernmental military alliance based on the North Atlantic Treaty which was signed on 4 April 1949. The organization constitutes a system of collective defence whereby its member states agree to mutual defense in response to an attack by any external party. NATO’s headquarters are in Brussels, Belgium, one of the 28 member states across North America and Europe, the newest of which, Albania and Croatia, joined in April 2009. An additional 22 countries participate in NATO’s Partnership for Peace program, with 15 other countries involved in institutionalized dialogue programmes. The combined military spending of all NATO members constitutes over 70% of the global total. Members’ defense spending is supposed to amount to 2% of GDP.

Wikipedia: -stan
The suffix -stan (Persian: ـستان‎ -stān) is Persian for “place of” or “country”.

The suffix also appears in the names of many regions, especially in Central and South Asia, but also in the Caucasus and Russia; areas where significant amounts of Persian Culture was spread or adopted, or due to the inhabitation of Indo-Iranian peoples. The suffix is also used more generally, as in Persian and Urdu rigestân (ریگستان) “place of sand, desert”, Pakistan “land of the pure” and golestan (گلستان) “place of flowers, garden”, Hindi devasthan ("place of devas, temple"), etc.

Asia Times
November 20, 2010
THE ROVING EYE
Welcome to NATOstan
By Pepe Escobar
Be afraid. Be very afraid. At the Lisbon summit this Friday and Saturday, a gargantuan, innocuously sounding, self-described “military alliance of democratic states in Europe and North America” that happens to be a Cold War relic sits in its own nuclear-adorned couch to speculate what it is actually all about.

In this otherwise Freudian scenario, the guest of honor is United States President Barack Obama, who imperially presides over the other 27 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies, all duly acknowledging their tributary vows and commitments on everything from European-wide missile defense (subjected to the US global missile shield) and permanent stationing of hundreds of US nuclear bombs in Europe to the turbo-charging of cyber warfare (subjected to the Pentagon’s new Cyber Command), a blitzkrieg of navy patrol stunts on the globe’s strategic sea lanes, and the spread of military bases guarding strategic nodes of Pipelineistan.
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Pepe Escobar is the author of Globalistan: How the Globalized World is Dissolving into Liquid War (Nimble Books, 2007) and RedZone Blues: a snapshot of Baghdad during the surge. His new book, just out, is Obama Does Globalistan (Nimble Books, 2009).

Asia Times
April 15, 2014
THE ROVING EYE
Breaking bad in southern NATOstan
By Pepe Escobar
ON THE ROAD IN PROVENCE - To quote Lenin, what is to be done? Back to Brussels and Berlin? A close encounter with dreary Northern NATOstan, consumed by its paranoid anti-Russia obsession and enslaved by the infinitely expandable Pentagon euro-scam? Perhaps a jaunt to Syria war junkie Erdogastan?

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jim mc donald
‏@jimmcdoo
American PR shills, helpless State Department spokespersons and NATOstan generals are clueless.  http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/CEN-01-090514.html
2:38 PM - 10 May 2014

LewRockwell.com
Putin displays Ukraine chess mastery
By Pepe Escobar
Asia Times Online
May 12, 2014
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American PR shills, helpless State Department spokespersons and NATOstan generals are clueless.
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Moscow knows the referendums will be erroneously interpreted by the misinformed NATOstan combo as an argument for Eastern Ukraine to join Russia, as in Crimea.

Posted by Barry Popik
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